The Winfield Board of Education approved a request for proposals to begin the process of repairing the Southwestern College pool.

USD 465 and the Winfield Recreation Commission use the pool for many activities for both students and the public at large. Southwestern uses the pool very little now, but still owns the pool and the building.

The board’s approval is contingent upon negotiations between Southwestern and the WRC to see if the college can waive some of the fees the commission pays to the college, about $15,000 per year for electricity. That in turn could help the school district, which pays fees to the WRC, about $12,000 per year. Total cost of repairing the pool to bring it up to date is estimated to be about $200,000, which the school district and the recreation commission would split.

WRC director Troy Moree also asked if the school district could front the whole $200,000 and then the commission would repay the district in installments. Moree said paying their half of the expected cost, $100,000, would put a strain on rec commission funds.

Board member Kinnie Ledford asked if USD 465’s fronting the money would mean they could gain some benefit from the contract, too.

The board agreed to start the RFP process because fixing the pool is under deadline. There  are many repairs to be made, and the swim teams start their season in November.

Superintendent Dr. Nathan Reed, however, said nothing will go ahead until the school board and the WRC see and approve the contract with Southwestern.

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